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Ohio Hospitals Considering “Creative” Options As COVID Cases Climb

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Monday was the third day in a row for record numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Ohio. That has health care facilities considering their options. The numbers of COVID patients in Ohio hospitals are more than double what they were a month ago, and hospitalizations have set a record nearly every… Read More

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With No Repeal Of HB6 In Place, Ohio AG Sues To Stop Monthly Nuclear Bailout Charges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There are only a few weeks until new charges are set to hit all Ohio electric bills, and there’s still no repeal of House Bill 6, the disputed law that created those charges. Now the attorney general has filed a second lawsuit involving collection of that money. The suit from… Read More

A restaurant in downtown Cleveland with plexiglass dividers and heat lamps set up for outdoor dining.

Ohio Restaurant/Bar Group Pushes Back On Possibility DeWine Will Order Shutdown

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — More than a half a million people work in Ohio’s bar and restaurant industry, which is pushing back on an announcement from Gov. Mike DeWine in his statewide address Wednesday that he would consider shutting down those establishments next week if the state’s COVID-19 numbers don’t improve. Ohio Restaurant Association President and… Read More

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Mostly Good News For Ohio GOP, Mostly Bad News For Democrats In 2020 Vote

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Election Night 2020 was a bad night for Democrats and brought wins for Republicans on Ohio’s Capitol Square. But there were two races with a split decision. In unofficial results reported by the Secretary of State’s office, Democrat Jennifer Brunner beat Republican Justice Judi French, giving Democrats three seats… Read More

An overhead shot of the line behind the Franklin County Board of Elections early vote center around 3:30pm on Sunday, the final day of weekend early voting.

Long Waits Again As Thousands Cast Ballots At Close Of Weekend Early Voting In Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Thousands of Ohioans cast ballots on the final day of weekend early voting in Ohio – some for standing in line for hours. That includes many at the early voting center in the state capital. “We made it!” After more than two hours in line, voters audibly celebrated arriving… Read More

Attorney General Dave Yost announcing the results of Operation Autumn Hope at a press conference at the Statehouse.

Over 100 Arrests, 100 Survivors In Ohio’s Biggest Human Trafficking Sting

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Around 50 law enforcement agencies have arrested 177 people and found 109 survivors in what’s considered the largest human trafficking sting ever in Ohio. Attorney General Dave Yost said Operation Autumn Hope brought in federal, state and local law enforcement to rescue survivors, recover missing kids, catch people seeking… Read More

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Presidential Race, Change In Suburbs Key Elements In General Assembly Races

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As always, the Ohio ballot features the presidential and Congressional races at the top, and next up are those for the state legislature. The entire Ohio House and half the Senate, both of which are controlled by Republicans, are up this year, as the presidential race is close. And… Read More

A sign at Easton Town Center in Columbus, advertising that stores, bars and restaurants are open following coronavirus closures.

Governor, Ohio Republicans Announce Distribution For Over $420 Million In CARES Act Funding

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As Ohio hit another record in both coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, Gov. Mike DeWine and a group of Republican state lawmakers announced how the state will distribute more than $420 million in federal CARES Act funding to people, operations and groups affected by the pandemic. DeWine said he’ll ask… Read More

President Trump and Joe Biden in a screenshot from the debate in Cleveland on September 29.

Trump/Biden Ad War Changing In Final Days Before Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The campaign ad war between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden and groups that support them has been fairly even in Ohio.  But the final stretch shows the candidates are changing their spending plans for this state. The Trump campaign has canceled all but around $3 million of the $18… Read More

Some demonstrators at an anti-mask rally at the Statehouse in July. Event planners said security would be provided by "militia". Proud Boys are often identified by black collared polo shirts with yellow stripes on the sleeves.

Hate Groups Active In Ohio, Even Before Group Accused In Michigan Plot Met Here

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Federal authorities have charged more than a dozen men with plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and overthrow the government. And the feds say that group did some of its planning this summer in Ohio, where extremist groups have been active since at least 1994. The group was… Read More

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Ohio Senate Proposes Lifting Bar Curfew, But DeWine Says It Stays

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The mandatory halting of sales of alcohol at Ohio bars at 10pm is getting pushback from owners, customers and elected officials. But Gov. Mike DeWine says it has to stay in place for now. Two thirds of Ohio state senators – Republicans and Democrats – have signed on to a bill… Read More

Attorney General Dave Yost

AG, Prosecutors Suggest Reforms Instead Of Ban On No-Knock Warrants

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — No-knock warrants have gotten a lot of attention – most notably in the death of Breonna Taylor, who was killed in March during a shootout between her boyfriend and police in Louisville, Kentucky. Ohio’s Republican attorney general says he doesn’t want to ban those warrants, as some communities do, but… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court Candidates Square Off On Issues, Ethics

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Way down at the bottom of the Ohio ballot are two important races – two seats on the Ohio Supreme Court. These are non-partisan races on the ballot, but there are differences between the Republican incumbents and their Democratic challengers. One race pits Republican Justice Sharon Kennedy, a Butler County… Read More

A voter shows her absentee ballot to Franklin County Board of Elections Director Ed Leonard (left) before putting it in the ballot drop box on the last day of weekend early voting before the March 2020 primary.

Near Record Number of Voters Registered In Ohio For 2020 Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There are now more registered voters in Ohio than in the last dozen years, but the total didn’t set a record. There are 8,073,417 registered voters in Ohio as of the close of voter registration a week ago – a higher total than in any year since the record of… Read More

Gov. DeWine signs unemployment overhaul

Auditor Will Look Into Unemployment Application Process Under New Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A new law that sends $650 million in federal CARES Act money to Ohio communities to help with pandemic-related costs also includes a potential overhaul for the process to apply for unemployment benefits. The law requires Auditor Keith Faber to review and make recommendations on the efficiency of the unemployment… Read More

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“Trigger Bill” To Ban Abortion In Ohio If Roe Is Overturned To Be Introduced Soon

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Anti-abortion activists in Ohio are cheering the nomination of conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court – and they plan to celebrate with a bill that would ban all abortions in Ohio if the landmark Roe v. Wade decision is overturned. “This is what we’ve been waiting… Read More

Absentee voters can drop off their election ballots in this box on Court Street in uptown Athens.

Ohio Already Approaching Record Level Of Absentee Ballot Requests

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — More than twice as many absentee applications have been received from Ohio voters than at this point four years ago, when a record number of early votes were cast in a presidential election in Ohio. Secretary of State Frank LaRose reports just under 1.8 million applications have been mailed… Read More

President Donald Trump stands with gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine as he speaks during a rally, at the IX Center, in Cleveland, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018.

DeWine Expected To Meet Trump During Campaign Stop

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DAYTON, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine says he’ll meet President Trump at a rally Monday. DeWine will likely greet the president at the Dayton airport near the governor’s home in Cedarville, but he won’t be at Trump’s rally at an airport in Toledo. DeWine got booed by the crowd at Vice President Pence’s… Read More

Rep. Grendell addresses the House following her election to the 76th district seat

Republican Lawmaker Pushes Bill To Cancel COVID State of Emergency

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A Republican representative who’s been critical of Ohio’s response to coronavirus has proposed a bill to cancel the state of emergency order from March – the foundation of many of the state’s COVID restrictions. Rep. Diane Grendell (R-Chesterland) said things could, in her words, “go back to normal” with no state of… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine signs House Bill 606 in a virtual signing ceremony from his home in Cedarville. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted was in his Columbus office, and Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) joined from their homes.

DeWine Signs Law Offering Legal Immunity For COVID-Related Lawsuits

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As he hinted he would, Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a law that will shield first responders, businesses and schools from COVID-19 related lawsuits. It’s one of the first coronavirus immunity laws in the country. The law’s sponsors say it will provide immunity for law enforcement, medical professionals and large… Read More

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DeWine Says State Can’t Exempt Cincinnati’s Bars From Alcohol Curfew

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Cincinnati’s mayor and police chief have asked Gov. Mike DeWine to lift the prohibition on alcohol sales after 10pm from their bars, saying that ban is contributing to violence. That rule was put in place statewide to help contain the coronavirus, which experts say has been spreading in places where… Read More

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) speaks to reporters after session on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

Ohio Senate President Says He Favors “Straight Repeal” Of Nuclear Bailout Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) has appointed the members of a committee that will consider the nuclear bailout law at the center of a $61 million federal bribery case that led to the ouster of former Speaker Larry Householder.  Democrats say Republicans are slowing down the repeal process with a new committee. But in… Read More

COVID Immunity Lawsuit Bill Heads To DeWine Without Comp Benefits

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State lawmakers have sent on to Gov. Mike DeWine a bill to shield first responders, businesses and schools from COVID-19 related lawsuits. The bill had passed the House overwhelmingly in May, but this time Democrats had serious concerns with how the Senate changed it. Rep. Rick Carfagna (R-Westerville) said the bill helps law enforcement, medical… Read More

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) speaks to reporters before session on September 1. It was the first time he was back in the House since being stripped of his speakership in July.

Indicted Former Speaker Returns To Work, Defending Himself And Nuclear Bailout Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House came back to work Tuesday. And Republican Rep. Larry Householder did too, for the first time since he was ousted as speaker after he was indicted in an alleged bribery scheme involving the nuclear bailout law he championed. “I’m not going to cause any problems here. I mean, I’m just coming here… Read More